Looking for an Assault Lawyer?
Laymen often use the terms assault and battery in conjunction with one another. However, any lawyer will tell you that assault and battery each have their own specific legal definitions. In general, “assault” means that you made threats or promises of violence, but never actually followed through. “Battery” means that you caused physical harm to a person through physical means. If the state is accusing you of assault or battery, you could end up facing serious crimes or jail time. It’s also impossible for an attorney to remove these kinds of violent crimes from your criminal record. For this reason, it’s important to hire an attorney in an assault and battery case. At the Law Office of Jane Park, we’ve spent 25 years defending our clients in the Holly Hill, FL area from these kinds of accusations. Call us today for a free consultation.
The Law Office of Jane Park proudly serves clients in these regions:
- Daytona Beach, FL
- DeLand, FL
- Deltona, FL
- Ormond Beach, FL
- Port Orange, FL
- Holly Hill, FL
- New Smyrna Beach, FL
- Edgewater, FL
- Barberville, FL
- Palm Coast, FL
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- Simple assault: an intentional verbal or physical threat that made the defendant believe violence was imminent. Simple assault is a misdemeanor that can result in up to six days in jail and fines up to $500. If you commit simple assault against a police officer, the court may charge you with a felony. A lawyer in a simple assault case can prove you innocent by showing the court that you never intended to escalate the situation into violence.
- Aggravated assault: this is a more severe form of assault. Often, aggravated assault involves the use of a weapon. These crimes are felonies that can result in up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. As with simple assault, intent matters
- Simple Battery: in contrast to assault, battery charges involve actual acts of physical violence. This crime is a misdemeanor that can earn a defendant a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000. As with the other crimes listed above, intent matters with simple battery, for example, acting in self-defense. In addition, an attorney can prove their clients are innocent of these kinds of violent crimes by using a “mutual combat” defense. This means that both parties consented to a fight before violence broke out.
- Aggravated Battery: similar to aggravated assault, this charge is a more severe form of battery. Usually, these cases involve weapons or severe physical harm. In addition, the court automatically considers any attack against a pregnant woman an aggravated battery charge. The court may sentence you to 15 years or more in federal prison. As with simple battery, your lawyer can use defenses like mutual combat or self-defense to fight these violent crime charges.
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What a Violent Crimes Attorney Can do for Your Case
Your lawyer’s main job in an assault case is to prove you innocent. They can do that by pursuing a number of specific defenses in court. These can include self-defense, an alibi, lack of intent, or the defense of others. Additionally, Florida is a “stand your ground” state, meaning that if someone else makes threats, you don’t need to back down. At the Law Office of Jane Park, we’ve defended our clients in criminal cases for 25 years. We have experience in arguing a number of affirmative defenses for our clients. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your case, we can identify the best defense to assert your innocence in court.
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The Law Office of Jane Park, P.A., is experienced with a variety type of criminal defense and family law issues. If you want advice or are seeking legal support, please consider getting in contact. We’d love to help you with your case.